The Best Cary Grant Movies

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The Best Cary Grant Movies - MommyBearMedia.com #carygrant #movies #dvdTrying to find a new Cary Grant movie you haven’t seen before?  We have a list of the top Cary Grant movies so you can find a good Cary Grant DVD to watch.  Pretty much all his movies are good, clean family-friendly movies so luckily that allowed us to include all his movies. He in some of my favorite movies of all times.  Cary never received an Academy Award but was awarded an honorary Oscar.  He was married 5 times and was the first actor to go independent – a very bold move.  Here are his top 10 movies:

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#10 – An Affair to Remember

An Affair to Remember

Grade: B

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I have no idea why this movie isn’t ranked better.  It’s one of my favorite movies of all time.  Watch this then watch Sleepless in Seattle if you want a great evening of entertainment.  One of my favorite scenes of all time is when Deborah Kerr visits Cary Grant’s grandmother in the movie in Italy.  It’s so sweet unforgettable.

Summary – In this poignant and humorous love story nominated for four Academy Awards, Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr meet on an ocean liner and fall deeply in love. Though each is engaged to someone else, they agree to meet six months later at the Empire State Building if they still feel the same way about each other. But a tragic accident prevents their rendezvous and the lovers’ future takes an emotional and uncertain turn.

#9 – Suspicion

Suspicion

Grade: B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Very intense with a huge plot twist at the end.  Another great Hitchcock film.

Summary – Well-to-do wallflower Lina McLaidlaw is in love, perhaps in danger. She suspects that Johnnie Aysgarth, the playboy who swept into her life and married her, is a murderer – and that she is his next intended victim.

#8 – Notorious

Notorious

Grade: B+

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Another Hitchcock thriller.  It has some great acting.  The plot just isn’t my favorite (it’s not a chic flick).  I would recommend it for men.

Summary – When troubled beauty Alicia Huberman (Bergman) is recruited by American agent T.R. Devlin (Grant) to infiltrate a German spy ring in postwar Rio, she accepts… but soon finds herself falling in love with Devlin. And when she receives orders to seduce a Nazi kingpin (Rains), Alicia must sacrifice the only happiness she’s ever known for a perilous mission that could ultimately cost her and Devlin their lives.

#7 – Charade

Charade

Grade: A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Another great Hitchcock movie with Cary Grant.  What would a Hitchcock movie be without him?  Well, or Audrey Hepburn?  This is a good date movie since there’s something for everyone in it.

Summary – Hollywood legends Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn light up the screen in the stylish thriller Charade. Regina (Hepburn) finds herself pursued through the streets of Paris by several men in search of the fortune that her murdered husband stole from them. As her world becomes entangled with suspense, murder and plots twists, she finds herself leaning on a suave, charming stranger (Grant) whose motives are unclear. Beautifully directed by Stanley Donen and co-starring James Coburn, George Kennedy and Walter Matthau, this timeless classic will keep you guessing until the very end. Expect the unexpected!

#6 – Arsenic and Old Lace

Arsenic and Old Lace

Grade: A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – A very popular movie and a masterful, dark comedy.  There are some great, hilarious lines from this movie.  It is also perfect for Halloween.

Summary – Cary Grant and a stellar cast romp through this classic farce based on Joseph Kesselring’s 1941 Broadway hit and breezily directed by Frank Capra. Frazzled drama critic Mortimer Brewster (Grant) has two aunts (Josephine Hull and Jean Adair) who ply lonely geezers with poisoned libations, one sociopathic brother (Raymond Massey) who looks like Boris Karloff, one bonkers brother (John Alexander) who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt, one impatient new bride (Priscilla Lane) — and only one night to make it turn out all right. In this circus’ center ring is Grant, twisting his face into a clown’s gallery of flabbergasted reactions and transforming his natural athletic grace into a rubber-legged comic ballet. You’ll die laughing.

#5 – To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

Grade: A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – The chase down the mountain at the beginning is so iconic.  If you want to understand what the big deal about Grace Kelly is, just watch this movie.  The new DVD and Blu-ray versions are actually very well done and the special features make it worth owning.

Summary – Cary Grant plays John Robie, reformed jewel thief who was once known as “The Cat,” in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother’s (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but France, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed. Three Academy Award® nominations, including an Oscar® for Best Cinematography.

#4 – Holiday

Holiday

Grade: A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Another movie with Katharine Hepburn.  They were quite the pair.  They were in four movies together and although this one isn’t as well known, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching.

Summary – Johnny Case (Cary Grant), a freethinking financier, has finally found the girl of his dreams – Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), the spoiled daughter of a socially prominent millionaire – and she’s agreed to marry him. But when Johnny plans a holiday for the two to enjoy life while they are still young, his fiancée has other plans & that is for Johnny to work in her father’s bank! And so, as he tries to decide whether to follow his head or his heart, Johnny can rely on at least one Seton in his corner. She’s Linda Seton (Katharine Hepburn), the down-to-earth younger sister of his soon-to-be-wife, and she likes Johnny the way he is.

#3 – North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Grade: A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – The scenes at Mount Rushmore as so interesting.  The scene where he is supposed to meet someone out in the middle of nowhere and gets chased by an airplane is unforgettable.  Great acting and a great plot full of twists.  I highly recommend it.

Cary Grant is the screen’s supreme man-on-the-run in his fourth and final teaming with Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock. He plays a Manhattan adman plunged into a realm of spy (James Mason) and counterspy (Eva Marie Saint) and variously abducted, framed for murder, chased, and in a signature set-piece, crop-dusted. He also hangs for dear life from the facial features of Mount Rushmore’s Presidents. Savor one of Hollywood’s most enjoyable thrillers ever in this state-of-the-art restoration: it’s renewed picture vitality will leave you just as breathless as the chase itself.

#2 – Bringing Up Baby

Bringing Up Baby

Grade: A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is quite a crazy movie for it’s time.  It’s definitely a comedy – hard not to be with Katharine Hepburn in it.  It’s a great classic.

Summary – All the earnest paleontologist (Cary Grant) wants is an intercostal clavicle to complete his brontosaurus skeleton. What he gets is an out-of-control toboggan ride with a scatterbrained heiress (Katharine Hepburn) nuts about him (or maybe just nuts). Riding along are a dog named George, a leopard named Baby, a snooty society matron with a spare million, a caretaker on the sauce and more. In this giddy romp directed by Howard Hawks, Grant ends up in a negligee, Hepburn ends up in a bottomless evening gown, everyone ends up in jail and Bringing Up Baby ends up as the most glorious laughter-inducing movie ever!

#1 – Philadelphia Story

Philadelphia Story

Grade: A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I saw this movie recently.  I first saw it when I was a teenager, I didn’t really like it or get it, but the older I get, the more I like it.  The acting is just wonderful.  I found myself wishing it was in color because of the fancy house and yard.  It’s hard to go wrong with three superb actors/actresses.

Summary – Here comes the bride! And the ex-husband. And a gossip-rag columnist on assignment. Here come Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart in a peerless comedy romance (directed by George Cukor) about a faultfinding, bride-to-be socialite who gets her comeuppance and an unexpected Mr. Right.

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Comments

  1. Rita Spratlen says

    Wow that is a lot of great reviews! Thanks for the information. I forgot about him, I used to watch old movies but haven't been watching tv much! I am going to look into these. Old movies are wonderful!

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